QB Stanton signs with Jets
The Jets signed Drew Stanton as their No. 2 quarterback for $1.25 million, and he moves on after spending his career with the Lions. In four seasons he saw action in 12 games, starting four and completing 104-of-187 passes for 1,158 yards, five TDs and nine interceptions. The signing is a little odd as he’s not a proven product, and if he comes in for starter Mark Sanchez, the receivers will lose fantasy value. As an example, Santonio Holmes would go from a No. 2 fantasy receiver to a No. 3 or injury fill-in. The team will be run-heavy this year and even more if Sanchez gets hurt and it's Stanton under center, giving him minimal fantasy value.
Dan Orlovsky signed a two-year, $2.5 million deal. He'll compete to be the backup in Tampa Bay as Josh Johnson is an unrestricted free agent. Orlovsky started seven games in 2008 for the Lions and five games last year for the Colts, coming away with two wins. He completed 122-of-193 passes for 1,201 yards, six TDs and four interceptions. If starter Josh Freeman goes down, Orlovsky will be a step back if you own WR Vincent Jackson. A below-average fantasy quarterback, he has no value.
RB Slaton re-signs with Dolphins
Steve Slaton signed a one-year contract, but with Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas ahead of him, he's depth and insurance right now. Since his rookie season — 318 utilizations for 1,659 yards from scrimmage and 10 TDs — he has suffered injuries, causing the Texans to cut him last September. Picked up by the Dolphins last season, he ended with 24-84-1 rushing and 3-3-0 receiving and only has value if either Bush or Thomas goes down. However, he's a perfect fit for a West Coast offense, so if he manages to become a starter or see extended playing time, he's worth a pickup.
WR Weems signs with Bears
Eric Weems signed with the Bears for his special-teams play as a kickoff and punt returner. A 2010 Pro Bowler, last season he went 11-90-0 receiving and in five seasons only has 24 receptions and two TDs. He has minimal fantasy value, but his signing could mean that Johnny Knox may not be ready by training camp. Knox sustained a devastating hit late last season, resulting in back surgery that ended his season.
PK Folk re-signs with Jets
Nick Folk re-signed, but the terms are not known. In 2011, he converted 19-of-25 field goals with 44 extra points. Folk can't control his field-goal attempts, and the team will likely bring in competition in camp, but whether he wins it or not, he's not a No. 1 fantasy placekicker entering the season.
- Drew Stanton
- Dan Orlovsky
- Mark Sanchez